Ree Drummond – Who Should She Channel Next?

April 30th, 2010

Over the history of her blog, Ree Drummond has channelled a lot of different women.  Far more than your average Christian homeschooler channels. Way more.

No.

Waaaaaaaaaay more.

Are Christian homeschoolers even allowed to channel people? Isn’t that sort of the same thing as practicing witchcraft?  And doesn’t the bible STRICTLY FORBID witchcraft? What? Does she let her kids read Harry Potter books too?

Strangely, the famous women that Ree claims to channel –  right on the sidebar of her blog – have mysteriously changed over time. When I first started to read PW’s blog, it read like this…

I’m a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Scarlett O’Hara, Ethel Merman, and Sylvia Plath. Welcome to my Frontier!

This stellar combination of retro famous people gave her the appearance of being a blend of spoiled southern girl, broadway musical throwback and edgy artistic, poet. Plus it alluded to the hit show Desperate Housewives making Ree seem super hip and trendy at the same time! With those four simple lines, she sent out intoxicating pheremones to all sorts of people.

Scarlett – For the romantics.

Sylvia – For the well read.

Ethel – So that she can continue to beat that Ethel Merman imitation into the ground. Because imitating Ethel Merman is so unique and interesting!  Is there anyone on the face of the earth that can’t imitate Ethel Merman?

I think not.

Still, she has something for everyone in those four simple sentences.  It’s easily the best writing she has ever done.

But like all great writers (ahem) Ree was not satisfied with her original ‘blogger, sidebar, bio thingy’, so she changed it.

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She dropped Scarlett and Ethel and added Lucille Ball and at the same time she took to calling herself a ‘new breed of Pioneer Woman’.

I am pretty sure that ‘new breed’ can be translated to mean ‘economically blessed’.  Here is how she tweaked the new version…

I’m a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball and Sylvia Plath. I’m the new breed of Pioneer Woman. Welcome to my Frontier.


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Time passed.  And for some reason she felt the need to change it up again.  She decided to bring back Ethel and put an end to all that crazy ‘new breeding’ that was going on. The next version read like this….

I’m a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball, Sylvia Plath, and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier!”

As you can see, she replaced Scarlett with Lucille  Evidently, Ree must think that a 1950s goofball housewife is more palatable to her readers than the spoiled southern belle image of Scarlett O’Hara. Then again, perhaps referring to Scarlett was just a bit too revealing?  But then Ree made one more significant and revealing change….

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She dropped Sylvia Plath.

Ree’s sidebar currently reads like this…

My name is Ree.  I’m a desperate housewife.  I live in the country.  I channel Lucille Ball and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier.

So what happened to Sylvia?

Hmmmmmm….

Let’s think about this…

What does Sylvia Plath represent?

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She battled with depression most of her life.

She divorced her husband because of his infidelity.

She spent time in a a psych ward.

She wrote brilliant and disturbing poetry and an American classic called The Bell Jar that closely paralleled Plath’s own life.

And then she killed herself by sticking her head into a gas oven while her children slept in the adjacent room.

It’s not too hard to see why Ree would take Sylvia Plath off her sidebar bio.  I am sure that as her audience has listed more and more to the far, far right, she cuts, trims and pads her image to match the tastes of her readers.

Not that Ree Drummond ever truly channelled Sylvia Plath.

But sometimes all you need to hook someone.

Is to tell them what you want them to think.

And then take lots of pictures with fuzzy backgrounds

And digitally photo-shop your children to glossy blue-eyed perfection.

Oh!

And conspicuous consumption also makes especially American readers drool sideways.

Show us some more of your fancy stuff Ree!

Because Gaw!

We never get enough of it!

Comments

  • Well, I thought you had moved beyond all that bitterness, apparently not!

  • Oh Gail – Pull the corncob out of your ass. It’s just for fun you ding dong.

    • Nancy:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • LucyGolden:

    I still look at PW’s recipies & enter her contests when she offers a KitchenAid mixer (DAMN! I want one of those mixers! My husband keeps offering to buy me one. Maybe I should take him up on the offer), but that’s about it. A bit too saccharine for me anymore…I much prefer your side of things, Rachelle.

    I adore Sylvia Plath’s writings! Especially “Lady Lazarus” & “Morning Song.” No, doesn’t fit Ree at all.

  • km:

    Oh Rechelle your retort cracked me up!!!
    PW to me is like looking in the fridge. I click over there because it’s habit. Sometimes I check something out. Sometimes there’s nothing in the fridge. It’s all a bit too precious for me.

  • Christine from Canada:

    Good observation, Rechelle! And your reasoning (“reasoning” — get it?! No pun intended) is probably spot on, too!

    Honestly? I never heard of this PW character before reading your blog (which I found via an atheist site). So, I clicked on over to it. Thought: nice pictures! fine recipes! And then I read some more stuff and thought: Ewww, she’s one of THOSE women who homeschools and cooks and bakes and wrangles steer and spends all day taking random pictures of her children doing nothing (which we’re supposed to find as adorable as she does) and finds time to write a blog…

    I’m also thinking her general readership wouldn’t know who the hell Sylvia Plath was (and/or a few were curious and checked out who Sylvia Plath was, and complained to PW). So PW did the inexcusable for a woman — and dumbed herself down.

  • This is the second post in a row that made me breathe a sigh of relief to see that you’re back and better than ever, Rechelle. Thanks for the laughs.

  • Nadine:

    I thought of you the other day, as I was using a recipe post from a blog to make some deliciousness for a birthday party. I checked the comments to see if anyone recommended any changes to the recipe or had tried it and loved it, etc. One of the last comments was a question to the blogger, asking if she had leant the recipe to PW, because the exact. same. recipe. was up in her recipes section. Intrigued, I clicked over, and it was a dead link. The blogger never responded to this comment, but I’m guessing PW heard something about it.
    HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS!

  • Martha in Kansas:

    I figured the Plath was because this is a famous edgy woman writer, the Ethel was obvious, and the other was a red-head which was upgraded to a funny red-head. There’s an obsession with red hair there. Among other things. (I’m figuring grades, btw. You know what that means — I get my mind back and can write a report.)

  • Brian V.:

    It’s interesting to hear that the PW even knows Sylvia Plath! Wow, the plot thickens… I think her choice to remove Sylvia is PW’s marketing finesse. She realizes that if people happen to make the connection of ovens with both women, the choice would be obvious and her readership would plummet. I think it’s time for me to reread The Bell Jar.

  • SusanIA:

    Rechelle, you always say what I’m thinking but I can’t find the words. You rock. Thanks for coming back to us. And seriously, lose the corn cob.

  • Obscura:

    I’m not sure they can lose the corncob, bitter that she left the fold you see.

  • Do people on the far right even know who Sylvia Plath is?

    Confession- my husband and I are going to homeschool our son next year. Neither of us will be wearing denim jumpers. I will be teaching my son about Sylvia Plath and all kinds of other cool stuff. He will not drink kool-aid. Well, he he does like kool-aid, but not THE kool-aid, if you know what I mean.

    I wonder what Ree’s stance is on those tough new anti-abortion laws that the OK legislature overrode the governor’s veto on? Is Ree OK with the idea of the state being all up in a woman’s uterus? Does Ree think it’s just awesome that the state has mandated that any woman who has an abortion, even if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, MUST BY LAW, have an ultrasound, and MUST, BY LAW, look at a monitor of said ultrasound, and the dr or tech performing the ultrasound MUST, BY LAW, give a thorough description of the fetus? I’m not trying to hijack this and turn it in to a pro/anti choice discussion, but I truly do wonder what Ree thinks of this, or if she does at all? Between these laws and the AZ anti-immigration law, the southwest is looking mighty unfriendly!

    • Samantha:

      I don’t think PW gives a fig about any of it……she’s rich, rich people don’t worry about the law…they are able to buy their way out of or into anything they want so that it works for them….most of the time.

      But I do think PW thrives on attention and plays a part to a certain population to get the attention. I really feel she is miserable in the middle of OK on that ranch depsite the money, that is why she is doing everything she can to stay popular etc and getting off the ranch as much as possible. I also do not think she is the marketing genius that people say she is…..I think it is somebody else doing all the work and PW is just the figurehead. The way she comes across on tv does not fit to the same person that is writing the PW blog…just my opinion but too much about her is hinky.

  • Speaking of photos of kids…do you see the bizarro way that what’s her name….DOOCE…photoshops her kids? It makes them look like aliens!

    But…..at least DOOCE does not post endless photos of almost the same thing, all in the same bog post, like PW does.

  • Mindy:

    The ultrasound law is a bad one, especially considering not all ultrasounds are abdominal, especially in early pregnancy.

    But I’m also concerned about the other law that was passed. “The other measure approved by legislators Tuesday prohibits pregnant women and their families from seeking legal damages if physicians “knowingly and negligently” withhold key information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancies.” So doctors can legally lie with impunity to pregnant women about their pregnancies. Oklahoma seems scary now.

  • K. Bryan:

    Why do you hate her so? Use all that energy for something positive. Have a nice weekend.

    • kat:

      That is exactly what I was wondering. It always seems sadder to me when women attack each other!

  • Steph :):

    Rechelle’s just working things out. She’ll be okay, in a decade or so, once the initial burst of anger and betrayal burns out. :)

    As for the blogger and the channeling. I’m sure that many of these prim and proper women are struggling to live by an appearance that deep down they may quietly wish they were able to rebel against. I get the impression on occasion that it’s especially these super-WASP wives that are on the verge of tanking. Those women even terrified me as a child when I had to go to church, because they were literally everywhere. All talking superficial nonsense, lots of makeup and perfume, and you’d never guess once any one of them knew who Plath was.

  • Kathy:

    I agree 100% with your statements about Ree, sad that she started out with some promise but – the almighty dollar prevails. As for selling out and photoshopping kids you HAVE to check out Mckmama… ohhh lordy the woman is a basket case… a religious basket case.

  • Oh Rechelle…

    I never know what I’m going to read when I come over here…

  • Amy:

    Plath was at the beginning when she launched her blog because she used to write twisted whacky dark poems ALL the time, check the Archives. It’s now about branding. She is a brand. Do you not get it? She’s a marketing genius and I thiiinnnk, just maybe, that’s why you turned on her. Obviously at some point there was contact because you went there and stayed the weekend. I found your blog because Ree listed you, showed a picture of your he and said how funny, charming and odd you were and we should check it out. Maybe you should have branded yourself as funny, charming and odd and you’d be laughing all the way to the bank too. You were on your way there until you freaked out. And I’m not talking about becoming an atheist. This is about business and marketing and Ree does it very well.

  • Amy – I could not disagree with you more. I personally think that blogging is intrinsically an authentic look into someone’s life. It is Ree that has twisted the genre. Not I. She’s screwed it up for the entire internet as far as I am concerned. Now everyone thinks that blogging is about $2500.00 cameras, $3000.00 blog designers, and making it all back and then some with advertising. It’s all about turning your life story into a marketable image. It’s about running for office. It’s sickening to someone like me who enjoys good writing from truly interesting, thoughtful people. I think what Ree does is gross, deceptive and manipulative. She’s selling her story – not TELLING her story. There’s a big difference.

  • Cate:

    Too bad you can’t seem to change what you are channeling – jealous, bitter, angry woman. Much more boring than endless photos of basset hounds. And it’s quite amusing to see how much she gets under your skin, because you just can’t let her go.

    Oh, and Plath is such a trite, angst-ridden freshman English-thing to admire.

    • Cate – I read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar several years ago and I remember really liking the book – but if it is as you say “angst ridden freshman English” than it would fit in with PW’s blog better than I thought. I am not jealous of PW. I am appalled at her. And I am appalled at her success. It is based on nothing. As I have said many times before – if you took away the cowboys, the blue skies and the fancy photos – no one would read her. Her writing is mundane and boring.

  • Kathy:

    Preach it sister!! Couldn’t agree with you more. I would have more respect for Ree if she came out and said she was a marketing genius, and was doing this all for the fame and cashola… not manipulating readers into thinking that she actually is this fictional “Pioneer Woman”… gag.

  • Samantha:

    Thanks for keeping it real Rechelle, fantastic insight on the PW she is so un-real.

  • F:

    God, your like those annoying girls at my high school who whine about people they don’t like on facebook.

    It’s a little tiring reading about how much you don’t like Ree over and over, please write about something new.

    • Uh F – This is something different. PW’s blog is something of a strange cultural phenomenon that I find interesting both to examine it and to pick apart. I have never understood why it was so successful. I find her writing to be brutally inane – and yet so many people (including myself for three years) read it everyday.I think it is worth trying to figure out why and also to bring up the point that there really is nothing there. She never says anything of true value. She just rambles on and on about nothing day after day after day. How can she sustain that level of superficial nothingness without going insane? It really is a level of narcissism that is quite profound.

  • pp:

    @F if you’re so tired of reading it….. QUIT!

    • PP – I don’t read her blog very often anymore. I occasionally get e-mails and comments from readers that cause me to look at her blog. A few weeks ago someone told me that she had taking Sylvia off of her site. I did some research and discovered that she has changed it many times. Hence this post.

  • SusanIA:

    I have to say I love reading Dooce. Heather Armstrong is hilarious and very open about who she is. Not “who she is” like pw. And if for some reason I’m being duped over at Dooce… I think I like ;)

  • jo in oz:

    to F (and others): umm, why are you still here? If you find Rechelle’s posts so objectionable just go already, seriously, just go…

    I happen to love the direction Rechelle has taken with her blog.

  • JoAnninWA:

    @joinoz: can’t you say the same thing to Rechelle? Really, if she finds Ree so objectionable, stop reading her and for the love of god stop blogging about her.

  • Beverly:

    I wonder if blogging can’t be two things (or more!). For you it can be a way to tell your innermost thoughts and for her it can be entertainment and a way to make money for her family.

    People write books and sell their stories, so I think it’s okay to write a blog and sell your story. It seems that many people enjoy reading it. I don’t follow her blog, but several of my friends do and they really get a kick out of her.

    I get that you want to make sure we all understand that you are different from her. I just don’t know why that makes her wrong.

  • Ashley F.:

    They say “jealous” and “bitter,” I say “sassy” and “hilarious.” You’re still the only blog I read religiously (ha…haha) that doesn’t involve discussions of pregnant ladies and birth.
    I, for one, enjoy you the most when you’re being a feisty little snot. It’s rejuvenating!

  • As always…love your thoughts. So glad you came back! I was wondering…as a person also recovering from religion, do you think we are bitter? My husband commented to me the other day that I am bitter about it all and I noticed that people accuse you of that also. I just think we got smarter and that now it all seems to silly. I am not sure that makes us “bitter”… Just wondering.

  • LucyGolden:

    Ashley F. & Becci, I echo you’re thoughts! You sound like wonderful ladies.

    By-the-by, I love “The Bell Jar.” It’s an interesting insight to a troubled, brilliant mind. I think a lot of people can relate to the “angst ridden freshman English.” But again, I don’t picture PW as Sylvia Plath…

    I’ve read & enjoyed it many times – you can tell by the dog-eared pages of my copy.

  • Heidi:

    Lots of little tidbits in these comments that I find so interesting and clever. Sorry if I can’t give credit to everybody.

    Rechelle: “..she is SELLING her story not TELLIING her story.” That sums Ree up brilliantly. My blog is basically a legacy of sorts for my kids. Interestingly the only time my comments every went above 10 was when I went after homeschoolers…..

    To whomever said they were “recovering from religion.” I’ve never heard it stated like that before and I find that very interesting and it makes me “get it” a little more now. For some reason that resonated with me and made me feel the pain and frustration you must have suffered on your journey. Don’t hate me, but I’m a Christian. Just a Chrisitan who likes to understand everybody’s viewpoint.

    And to all of you who say Rechelle is jealous of Pioneer Woman: Once and for all, can’t we all just accept that we can dislike somebody’s blog without being jealous? I thought once my daughter got out of seventh grade I’d never hear “she’s just jealous” again.

  • SRWinDC:

    To Heidi – are you kidding? Rechelle IS acting like an outcast junior high girl: she’s dictating on her blog how every other blogger is supposed to write, what the “purpose” of all blogs is “supposed to be” and suggests that anyone who makes money at something is to be looked down on. She can’t write an independent post – everything is a criticism of someone else’s. She misses the irony in her criticism of PW’s “change” of comedic icons, when she has changed from a religious nut into a 3-week atheist into just a dour, negative, poor, country bumpkin.

    And to all those who say just stop reading, I say this: it’s just like watching Lindsay Lohan falling down and Brittney Spears shaving off her hair on TMZ – you just can’t help watching the trash in their self-created train wrecks. Rechelle is the Brittney of the blogosphere.

  • Is there an internet law that says that you can only blog happy sunshiney thoughts covered in prozac all day long? How dare you ever consider talking negative, or speaking on a subject more than once! There should be a law!!!

    I just find it hypocritical that those of you who bitch about how hate-filled/jealous/bitter/etc. Rechelle is (in your opinion) seem to be spewing that very crap yourself, only worse. Takes one to know one apparently. Really, if it’s so annoying to you to read this blog, start your own blog and bitch about Rechelle there. If you are lucky, maybe someone other than yourself will read your blog and stroke your self-righteous egos.

    Talk on, Rechelle. I enjoy your chatter.

  • jo in oz:

    Woo Heather!
    My thoughts exactly.

  • annmarie:

    I’m torn with this post. I do think Ree writes drivel and I unfortunately get a kick out of mocking people, so this post did make me laugh, yet some part of me feels like Rechelle did write this to get rise out people, which seems a little cheesey on her part, because she is a good writer and funny enough to make us laugh while writing other witty things. I think the people who love Ree will always love her and the people who don’t, never will, and so writing about it seems almost pointless. It’s kind of like trying to tell a tea bagger that Obama isn’t Muslim. I keep looking for the promised David Sedaris post.

  • annmarie – My job as a writer is partially to entertain my audience. I never lose sight of that fact. If I am not at least trying to be interesting – who is going to want to read this? But I don’t dwell on Ree Drummond. A few weeks ago a reader on this blog left a comment stating that Ree had removed Sylvia Plath from her sidebar bio thingy. At the time – I didn’t think much about it – but it kept swimming around in my brain. It eventually turned into a post. I think it is an interesting subject- because it shows how a blogger like Ree Drummond is desperate to create the most palatable image of herself that she can. Yes – there is some cheese in this post – but there is also a bit of substance. Just enough to make it worth writing – at least for me.

  • Brian V.:

    Thanks to a nitwit who dismissed Sylvia Plath here, I have been having a new look at some of her stuff. Daddy is a favorite of mine, of course and an accomplished poem that will live a long, long time. This is for you, nitwit:

    Sylvia Plath – Daddy
    You do not do, you do not do
    Any more, black shoe
    In which I have lived like a foot
    For thirty years, poor and white,
    Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.

    Daddy, I have had to kill you.
    You died before I had time —-
    Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,
    Ghastly statue with one gray toe
    Big as a Frisco seal

    And a head in the freakish Atlantic
    Where it pours bean green over blue
    In the waters off the beautiful Nauset.
    I used to pray to recover you.
    Ach, du.

    In the German tongue, in the Polish town
    Scraped flat by the roller
    Of wars, wars, wars.
    But the name of the town is common.
    My Polack friend

    Says there are a dozen or two.
    So I never could tell where you
    Put your foot, your root,
    I never could talk to you.
    The tongue stuck in my jaw.

    It stuck in a barb wire snare.
    Ich, ich, ich, ich,
    I could hardly speak.
    I thought every German was you.
    And the language obscene

    An engine, an engine,
    Chuffing me off like a Jew.
    A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen.
    I began to talk like a Jew.
    I think I may well be a Jew.

    The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna
    Are not very pure or true.
    With my gypsy ancestress and my weird luck
    And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack
    I may be a bit of a Jew.

    I have always been scared of you,
    With your Luftwaffe, your gobbledygoo.
    And your neat mustache
    And your Aryan eye, bright blue.
    Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You —-

    Not God but a swastika
    So black no sky could squeak through.
    Every woman adores a Fascist,
    The boot in the face, the brute
    Brute heart of a brute like you.

    You stand at the blackboard, daddy,
    In the picture I have of you,
    A cleft in your chin instead of your foot
    But no less a devil for that, no not
    Any less the black man who

    Bit my pretty red heart in two.
    I was ten when they buried you.
    At twenty I tried to die
    And get back, back, back to you.
    I thought even the bones would do.

    But they pulled me out of the sack,
    And they stuck me together with glue.
    And then I knew what to do.
    I made a model of you,
    A man in black with a Meinkampf look

    And a love of the rack and the screw.
    And I said I do, I do.
    So daddy, I’m finally through.
    The black telephone’s off at the root,
    The voices just can’t worm through.

    If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two —-
    The vampire who said he was you
    And drank my blood for a year,
    Seven years, if you want to know.
    Daddy, you can lie back now.

    There’s a stake in your fat black heart
    And the villagersnever liked you.
    They are dancing and stamping on you.
    They always knew it was you.
    Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.

  • Brian V.:

    @SRWinDC, Watch out, Rechelle is not just riding the rails and wrecking trains for your entertainment. Be careful in your channel-skipping… She just might change your life!

    • Nancy:

      I like Brian.

  • Em:

    I can’t stand the B!! Her writing would make you think she’s a Paula Dean type and who doesn’t love some Paula Dean. THEN, she started doing the talk show circuit and I couldn’t believe how lame and boring she is! Real authentic Ree, way to “keep it real” homegirl! I’m on to her and I think many are. If you head over to Flickr, people are only interested in her contests for prizes, and get all sorts of mad when they aren’t picked. That’s right Ree, you are the “rich girl” being used for your money and prizes. Have fun with that.

  • Garden:

    go save the world…a starving child…recycle…volunteer,do something other than rip into people and their beliefs…no matter what side of the fence you are on. Seriously, there must be a better way for all of us to be spending our time.

    Yours truly, a christian, mom, republican, fan of rechelle and pw, nice all-around lady who happens to be a fan of plath. See, you can’t always put people in a “sterotypical box”

  • Go Rechelle Go!

    Lori a ‘real rancher, rancher’s wife and mother!
    Put his and hers ranching history together and my kids come from TEN GENERATIONS of ranching. Trust me when I say, Ree Drummond is NOT a rancher. I’m not even sure Ladd is.

  • Kimberly:

    I always love reading your insight into things, Rechelle. That is a very interesting observance of what goes on over at PW. I never go there except when you right an occasional post about her; I’m not too much of a blog reader besides you and UF. ‘Fame’ is an odd thing…it seems to be based moreso on luck and coercion than actual raw talent. Oh well. :)

    And thanks to everyone for opening up my eyes to Sylvia Plath, I am always looking for new interesting reads.

  • tess:

    she needs to channel Bree Hodge from Desperate Housewives -
    lol!

  • Diane:

    What about your evening with Martha in Kansas and David Sedaris?

  • kristi:

    Hey Rechelle,

    I am not one to comment but I have liked you and PW both – I found you one day sitting on her sidebar…. So I have invested years and, dare I say it, *feelings* in the two of you! Since you actually met her and had a chance to get to know her – are you rolling your eyes at the blog and not the person? Was the visit really not as great as it seemed on both your blogs? I was loving that I was a daily follower of you and Ree and then got to watch you meet!

    It would seem her website is for entertainment. I get that there aren’t a lot of deep thoughts but do all blogs need to have that?

  • jalf:

    “go save the world…a starving child…recycle…volunteer,do something other than rip into people and their beliefs…no matter what side of the fence you are on. Seriously, there must be a better way for all of us to be spending our time.”

    Sooo, why are you not out there saving the world? Why are you so busy ripping into people and their beliefs, on their own blogs, no less?

    If you want to save the world, standing up for what you believe in, and daring to criticize those you disagree with isn’t always such a bad thing.

  • I’m on team Rechelle.

  • YES! Howl can we thank you for coming back?

  • Pt:

    You’re not even a good writer – your posts are too long, too humorless, too boring. Then add on Hater on the PW Woman – ur like The Tea Party on Ree. And it gets you nowhere!!!

    How ’bout trying a new tack? I bet all those nutsy religious folk will support you (cuz you still r one of them in case u hadn’t noticed with all ur hatin’)

  • Action Squirrel:

    I totally disagree that blogging is anything other than a still quite new medium and potential business model that is neutral until people fill it with intentions as vastly different as they themselves are. Saying blogging should be any one particular thing is like saying all Thanksgiving stuffing should have chestnuts. That is now done; it’s set. Blogging is a business, and there is room enough for petty, insipid, thoughtful, real, angry, bitter, joyful, deceptive, all of it.

  • I have to admit I hadn’t noticed the change on her site. I stopped reading when she started making posts that were written with content that was sponsored including the ad placed right at the end of the post.

  • Heidi:

    SRWinDC -
    My point is that regardless of how any of us feels about Rechelle or Pioneer Woman, we should all be mature enough to state WHY we disagree and not just say somebody is “just jealous.” It is my opinion that when we have to resort to that phrase, we have no argument at all. Not all disagreement comes from jealousy.

    Your comment was at least stated clearly and gave reasons for why you are angry with Rechelle – you described her actions that made you angry.

    That shows you have an argument to make. “Just jealous….” simply means “I’m mad that you don’t agree with me so you must be jealous,” and in my opinion THAT is immature.

  • Anna:

    Well reading these responses sure woke me up this morning. I read Ree alot at first but come on, how many pictures of her spouse’s butt can we see? She’s turned into a corporate shill but if that’s what she was after, fine for her. None of the rest of us have to like her.

  • AnnB:

    I “follow” maybe two blogs and often wish I could find more that offer what MSFH does:life-messy and beautiful. Blogs that make me think and defend what I think! I found PW blog after googling a Mac and Cheese recipe that really looked great. I would rather eat Asian every night but I think she does have some great “Man Food” recipes. That said- I feel the most sympathy for her readers. I am living my OWN lovestory and spend my energy on that and the three gifts that make up our family. The couple of times I’ve read her readers’ responses, well they seem like those people would rather read drivel then create their own fairy tales to live out. And she, as the mom od daughters, should be taken to task with all her. “but I’m really just a dumb bunny routine”. No! You’re a successful marketing guru. And for the Love of God (capitalized b/c I’m a Catholic Democrat-my brand!) let them see that it is wonderful to be a smart, competent womam!!

  • I am cracking up that you would even know all the renditions of her sidebar bio. i tried to read her blog once but could not get past the snooze fest stories of meeting her husband. Your post really has me pondering who I channel. I am going with Mother Theresa, Marilyn Monroe and Julia Child if I have to narrow it down to three. If I can add one more I will go with Pat Benatar.

  • Please, not Julia Child. She was one of my most favorite people in the world (and the new cooking channel that fine living is morphing into is supposed to be devoting time to vintage episodes of both Julia and Graham Kerr, huzzah!). Like many, I found Ree to be pretty funny at first, but that wore off after too many kid and husband-butt pictures. Her recipes, such as they are, are not things that I immediately think, “Hey, that sounds like something I’d want to make myself.”, unlike, say, Habeas Brulee or Smitten Kitchen. I was rather surprised that she garnered a cookbook out of her evolution into The Brand, but then again, Sandra Lee has many cookbooks out as well, so there you go.

  • Marina:

    Why don’t you just leave PW along? Get a life!

  • Carol:

    Pretty obvious but…do you tell book critics to be nice to the authors? Heck no. So Rechelle is being a book critic. PW is NOT your friend. You do not know her, nor do you know Rechelle. So don’t read Rechelle and go and pretend that PW is actually saying something real about her life. She is. Ree has created a very successful character, which is the heart of the observation that Rechelle is making here. But PW again, is no more real than Miss Elizabeth Bennet or Mary Worth is.

    And Sylvia Plath? Did she know how Sylvia died?

  • is she oblivious to the obviousness of her bullshit or what? thanks for this! so much! i dig the real-ness of your blog. thanks for that.

  • I so should make a shirt that says “Team Rechelle”

  • Boz:

    Maybe she could channel a deity, and write a new Holy Book, just like Joseph Smith and L.Ron Hubbard did ?

  • I decided to quit reading PW. It has now been a month since I looked at her website. Where can I pick up my 30-day chip?

    Thanks,

    Jules

    PS: I tried several of her recipes, and all but one of them tasted like krap. One recipe even gave me the squirts (waaaaaaaay too much cream).

  • Robin:

    I’m confused. Didn’t you visit PW at the ranch along with your sister? And if so, were you able to hide your disdain?

  • why don’t you just promote and work on YOUR blog instead of trying to tear hers down? a jealousy issue?

  • Paula:

    Like Robin, I am confused. I am not judging or questioning your dislike, actually I couldn’t care less whether you like PW or not. I am just SOOOO curious about what happened after/while you visited the ranch that made you dislike her so. I think I remember you being excited about going and having gone here, now THAT would make an interesting story…what did she do….beat her kids, have someone else cook, get sloppy drunk and dance naked on the bar??? Curious minds NEED to know! :)

  • Dot:

    I’ll say it again–PW has become a caricature of herself. Sad. She’s the perfect busineswoman who knew how to shmooze homeschool boards and collect thousands of readers with her contests, then surprisingly never returns to those boards. Yet the idiots there say “she’s one of ours” so proudly! I’m surprised she doesn’t channel some old famous ballerina. I read her blog a couple years ago, and even then saw that stupid ballet pic at least half a dozen times. 50 bucks says she’s still using it.

  • Jimmy:

    Blimey! What is it with some theists that they always need to accuse everyone else of their own particular foibles? Usually jealousy and so often hatred. Really folks…get a grip. Try some actual analytical thinking perhaps, rather than just spewing stuff that appears in your head?

    Rechelle – given that you took a few slaps here (really pretty poorly given as well), I wanted to also just wade in and say that I love your blog. It’s great – and if it’s driven at all by bitterness at many wasted years, then that’s pretty understandable. It seems to be doing your thinking and writing no harm at all. Keep those eyes open! We know that criticism for an atheist doesn’t = hatred. We can leave all that to those faith-heads who want to indulge in it (which thankfully is not all of them, as has been gracefully demonstrated here by some).

    Jimmy
    - A bloke who can appreciate some honest criticism on a blog and think it’s appropriate and funny;
    - who will stop reading a blog he doesn’t like rather than just trolling it (Kay, K Bryan, Marina, PT, Cate, F etc etc etc).

    PS Cate – you spell your name that way and have the bollocks to suggest that ‘Plath is such a trite, angst-ridden freshman English-thing to admire’????? I mean, but seriously?

  • Judy M.:

    It sure is fun reading the comments you receive, Rechelle. I am a white, female, Christian, non-homeschooling, working mother of 2 and grandmother of one, with one (grandchild) on the way. I have been reading PW’s blog since almost the beginning and I’ve been reading yours for a long time too (since before you visited PW). I actually like both blogs for different reasons. PW’s is more fluff and prizes and yours is a little more thought-provoking. Of course, I am bi-polar, so that might explain it! I don’t feel as if I have to like one and not the other. And, I also do not feel the need to tell your readers that they are either right or wrong because when it comes to someone’s personal writings, there is no right or wrong. So, I will keep on reading both.

    Thanks for letting me share my thoughts.

  • I like to think of the trolls as gnomes missing their hats. That’s why they are so angry. They just want their hats back. And that anger prevents them from reading and thoughtfully answering comments back to them, which seems to be a very common problem. If someone would just find their little cute gnomey hats, all would be right with the world.

    Although, I do think it is funny that never in a million years would I comment on a blog I no longer like. I would just stop reading it. Maybe check back once in a while out of curiosity, see if anything interesting had popped back up. Seems like an appropriate response for most reasonable people.

    I would wonder how many of the angry gnome posters profess to be religious. My guess is 100%. I would be willing to be proven wrong on that one. I’ll be waiting for that comment.

    I find deep irony in the fact that the vast concensus here agree that PW has changed into a sellout who insists on grossing everyone out with her endless gushing about her husband’s ass and making babies with him. I found her website vomit worthy, within 5 minutes of reading it, and found it before I found Rechelle, so no bias was infused. Rechelle deconverts, talks about it, and all of the sudden SHE is the one getting the nasty comments.

    Where are the commenters on PW’s site who tell her the website is saccharine garbage? Oh yeah, there aren’t any. She probably insta-deletes everything she doesn’t like, and most of us don’t comment there anyway. She HEAVILY edits her comments so only the gushiest of comments survives, which makes her look perfect to the unknowing eye. Apparently she can’t take any criticism.

    Rechelle does not delete comments. She lets everyone freely comment on her, and while some people are really rude and self-righteous, she allows them to have their say without intervention. I bet she could really make her comment section glow with A+ comments if she wanted, but she doesn’t. We get to see the results of free will.

    Oh, who am I kidding, hatless gnomes never read comments, they just spew.

  • okay in OK:

    I am just nosey! I just want to know what happened at the PW ranch! :)

  • I still don’t get the people who come here to do a drive by posting of ‘JEALOUS’, then run off. I really don’t see how Rechelle could be jealous of PW. Their blogs are like apples to oranges; nothing alike about them at all! Maybe Rechelle’s honesty scares some people, but not me. I much prefer honesty than I do a sanitized, Disney-esque version of life on a cattle ranch. Keep doing what you do, Rechelle!

    If I could channel anyone, it would be Janis Joplin, Mae West and Dorothy Parker. Right now, I mostly just channel Roseanne.

  • Lgirl:

    Who should she channel next you ask.
    Ann Coulter, Charlton Heston ,Gypsy Rose Lee

  • Kathy:

    Please, please let us in on what happened at the ranch! I am seriously dying to know!

  • bPer:

    Ann Coulter, Charlton Heston ,Gypsy Rose Lee

    Hmm. Does that mean she’d shoot off her mouth adorned in nothing but a feather boa?

    βPer

  • I never knew who Ree was until last year, from this blog. Then I checked it out and thought, too wishy-washy for me. I mean usually when someone goes on and on about how much they love everything, especially their husband, it just isn’t so. I just found it fake. Then my husband got me her cookbook for Christmas because he and I are big city meets the country. Let me just say the recipes are good but I can’t read the personal stuff. To quote the 80′s, “gag me with a spoon!”.

  • Brian V.:

    Heather, you are worthy of a blog all your own! Great stuff….

  • Thanks Brian, I do have a blog of my own, but it’s completely unrelated to Godlessness and such. I think I would go insane having an Atheist blog. I have limited patience for idiots and zealots. I just reserve my comments for others’ blogs so that way I can get up and walk away!

  • What did happen at THE RANCH Rechelle?

    I remember you blogged about the visit and THE RANCH.
    My take was the Drummonds, especially Ladd, were less than hospitable. Did Ladd run you off of the stove top for cooking bacon incorrectly? Your sister recently posted a photo of her and Ladd at a booksigning. He did not look amused to be talking to a former guest.

    Please?
    Tell us?

    You can come to my ranch any time and cook bacon.
    Bring April.
    I won’t make anyone uncomfortable about their riding skills and will answer any and all questions about the ranching industry.

    Lori

  • Hmmm… I like the recipes, and the giveaways – one day I’m gonna get me one of those damned mixers! Otherwise, I don’t pay a lot of attention. Homeschooling doesn’t bother me, it’s just not FOR me.

  • Beebs:

    Must. Not. Post. Must. Remain. Calm…………argh!

    Jimmy! Is it “actual analytical thinking” to make fun of the way a person spells her name?!?! I mean, but seriously?

  • arlene:

    Rechelle, after you signed off awhile ago I wished you peace. Then a few days ago I checked back and see that you are blogging again. That is fine if it makes your world spin. However I see that you are carrying on your distaste? resentment? cynicism? whatever! of PW. Is she like a sore tooth that you can’t keep your tongue out of? Girl, there is no one definition of a blog. You define yours. PW defines hers. If it makes her happy, then WHAT is the problem? You don’t like it? Ignore it. I’m sure she isn’t dying over there wondering why you aren’t signing in. Are you unhappy that she doesn’t visit you?????

    Frankly I don’t get all the PW bashing. Why is she so important to you and several others here, that you invest so much time in her?

    I am learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I recommend others try it too. Peace on Earth isn’t going to advance very far with all the sniping going on.

  • @ Cate:

    Too bad *you* can’t seem to change who you are channeling – rather sad, pompous apologist.

    Do you really think that this PW person needs people like you to defend her on the internet? Why would you feel the need to do that? Why do you spend time reading here when it bores you so much? Don’t you have anything better to do?

  • Karla Neese:

    I must say I’m saddened to see such snarkiness coming from a blog I have enjoyed so much about another blog I also enjoy. We all reinvent ourselves continually – including you – it’s called life. Let it go…

  • Terry:

    Someone said we should say why something bothers us and why. Well, I used to love your blog, it was witty and fun. Now, I fear you are off your meds cause this isn’t witty or fun. What I don’t like is people who only find their “fun” at the expense of others. Hate breeds hate and do we really need that? What in the world happened at the ranch to cause this degree of snarkyness?

  • Army Mom:

    Confession time here…

    Hearing PW’s voice ruined any interest I had in her, (for almost 4 years of reading her blog!) I saw her on the Today Show last month and lost it – All the admiration, all the envy, any respect I had for her.

    It was just all so MADE UP, FAUX; and I swear; hearing her speak made me a little motion-sick. How quickly she worked to get the sound-bites of her life, (grew up on a golf course, saw him across a crowded room, sushi eater from LA, etc.,/blech) to, “market” herself to the next booking agent who might call, just made me wonder if she would break out the tap shoes for a finale. She tried WAY too hard to prove everything she’s been saying on her blog, like she had to. I wondered what viewers without a computer/who never knew of her before that show were thinking… I turned off the show feeling very sad for her. Perhaps that’s what you found out when you met her. ?

    It’s sad. But true. I cancelled my trip to see her during her 05/07 book signing in Charlotte, NC this weekend and I rarely go to her blog any more.

    It used to be fun but the constant, “hocking” crap to sell got to be too much. Especially for someone with her debit card number memorized, like me.

    I bought the lip smackers and I bought way too many Le Creuset dutch ovens trying to keep up with the collection Ree has and constantly rubs up our noses – Oh, and I now own TWO kitchenaid mixers. Not because I won one of the Drummond-lottery give-aways on PW’s blog, but because I felt bullied into buying another one after feeling like a loser for only having one, to her rainbow of eight or thirteen.

    Thanks for the wake-up call. I needed it! I still don’t agree with your decision to leave the faith you once felt in God but I learned a long time ago that I can’t save the world – and I know this might miff you, but I do hold a prayer for you that you’ll find your way back one day. Sorry, didn’t mean to preach.

    VERY glad you’re back to your blog and I particularly enjoy your, (honesty) comments about PW. I believe you’re the only one (so far) willing to call BS on her BS.

  • Oh, the irony just keeps on coming.

    Pot calling the kettle black all over the place today. Snarky people yelling at Rechelle for being snarky. I guess there’s a double standard.

    Different subject: Army Mom, you do crack me up with your TWO KitchenAid mixers. I only have one, but I do talk dirty to it whenever I go into the kitchen. I can’t help it. I am sure my husband is jealous a little bit, but I catch him winking at it when he thinks I’m not looking. Two-timing mixer.

  • Jayne:

    Army Mom, you’re making me jealous with your two KitchenAid mixers. I want one so badly but I remind myself that I wouldn’t use it enough to justify the price…….YET!

    Don’t people always say that celebrities and politicians put themselves in the public eye so they should be able to handle any criticism? Rechelle is not the one on the talk show circuit.

  • Thanks for these comments. I am enjoying them. I never know what I am going to hear when I write about Ree. She is so intrinsically tied to the history of my blog and for the first time I am really able to say what I honestly think about her. For years, I held back afraid that I would lose my readers if I spoke against anything she wrote or did. It’s kind of like letting go of a fart that you have held back for five years. It feels really, really good to let it go.

  • Jimmy-boy:

    Beebs
    May 4th, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Jimmy! Is it “actual analytical thinking” to make fun of the way a person spells her name?!?! I mean, but seriously?

    Well…hmmm….I wonder: did you try to put what I’d said all together I wonder? Or just pull out one part of it and wade in? Or do you just not like my posts (because you are a theist as a guess)? No worries either way. I’ll try to explain myself a bit more.

    I really couldn’t care how anyone spells their name. However, it looked somewhat ironic to sign off with one of those ‘I’ll be different by adopting a non-standard spelling for my name’ names while accusing others of shallowness or juvenile pretentiousness or whatever it was.

    When I saw the modern derivation type spelling potentially smacking a bit of ‘I want to be different’ on the end of that truly drivellous post (yeah I made that word up – off you go), then…pointing out that irony didn’t seem totally unreasonable.

    So look at that! Maybe it was analytical thinking at some level? I probed a possibly unintentional irony from a narky troll. Whatever – clearly it wasn’t massively profound which is perhaps your point?

    But then I do try not to let my posts just turn into flying troll attacks which is what I was mainly criticising. This constant ‘you’re just jealous’ or ‘you’re full of hatred’ nonsense was what I was chasing. (A load more since I posted I see). It’s plain irritating because it lacks any substance – and when you see it as commonly as we do from theists who really don’t seem to have anything else to say – that fact becomes quite stark. ie That is all some folks have to say! Just that! And it isn’t a very accurate comment mostly. And then this one added her presumably unintentional irony – so I commented on that too. I mean. But seriously?

    To those who keep coming with the ‘why don’t you just let it go’ or ‘why are you so narky’ jibes at Rechelle – can you really explain what is wrong with sensible criticism? (If you are saying it isn’t sensible criticism – fine: let’s have the debate about PW).

    If PW is shallow, commercial or any of the things that Rechelle pretty lightly points out about her, then is that not worthy of comment? Certainly many of us thought so and enjoyed it. Are we bad people because we enjoy sensible criticism of shallow commercialism?

    And moving right along…I’ve got a great mixer! It’s a Kenwood. Wonder if maybe you don’t have those in the US? I love it and use it to make pancakes for the kids’ breakfast at the weekend once a week as a minimum. It’s ace!

    Army Mom: for what my opinion is worth (not much I’m sure!) I think it’s fine for theists to pray for non-believers – particularly in the gentle and diplomatic way you expressed it. The thing that winds me up personally, is folks who expect me to be grateful for it, or who clearly are trying to persuade me back to beliefs I have explicitly rejected, in full knowledge of what I am doing! But you didn’t seem to be doing either of those things… ?

  • Mindy:

    Ooh, ooh, I have a kitchenaid mixer! My great-grandma used to work for a company that is now Kitchenaid, so she gets discounts. I use it for baking.

    While I am not familiar with PW except through this blog, I do like to read the entries because it’s just so fun to read Rechelle’s wit and snark.

  • Freth:

    Judy Garland …

  • Kimberly:

    Oh come on Rechelle! You have to do a What Happened at the Ranch post!

  • Shonna:

    His grace covers you…..so praise Him

  • Jimmy:

    Shonna: whose ‘grace’? Praise who? Ohhh!! Apologies – you mean Poseidon, the great god of the oceans. Well fair enough then.

    Or maybe Osiris? Or Zeus? Or Wotan. He’s an excellent god. Full of horrible gore and killing and all that stuff that that currently quite popular bronze age, middle eastern god seems to love as well.

    Or perhaps you mean Lord Vishnu? Or to quote the excellent David Thorne, the Indonesian Mud God, Pickiwicki, where the immediacy and materially measurable offer of a pig and as many coconuts as you can carry does weigh in pretty heavily against unprovable offers of eternal life.

  • Besty:

    Drop the bickering, Rechelle. Why do you carry on so? Get on with your life. Live and let live.

  • okay in OK:

    tapping fingers on desk….waiting….still don’t know what happened at the ranch…just re-read the accounts from ranch….am i missing something???

  • Terry:

    After reading responses to this post I wondered ….WHY….some say this is just a valid criticism and totally justified if that is the way you feel…..others see it as mean. I think the reason this bothers me has nothing to do with PW it has to do with the reason for the tone of the post. Am I reading in a snarky tone………..uh nope, sorry it is nasty by anyone’s standards. So WHY? It is sad. The only reason I still come back to this site occasionally is to find out WHY.

  • Dawn:

    I didn’t know that blogs had to tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth. Who said so? I don’t believe everything I see on Discovery, TLC, Animal Channel or PBS, so why would any reasonable person think everything on a blog is the total truth? I don’t Rechelle tells us the whole truth about her life, she must have disagreements with her husband, kids, sister, but she doesn’t blog them, nor should she. I know there is dust under my bed, but should I tell you chapter and verse about the filth? No. I don’t see why bloggers should tell us every little detail of their life, PW included. It is all entertainment after all…..

  • Gwen:

    I think it’s become pretty clear that Rechelle is not going to tell us if anything happened at the ranch. She’s consistently ignored the question which leads me to believe she’d rather not go into it.

    That said, great post Rechelle! Again, my thoughts exactly on PW. A phonier phony there never was.

    And to the people who are snarking at Recheller for snarking on PW….Pot meet kettle! You’re all a bunch of hypocrites!

  • I started reading your blog for the books you wrote about. In fact my “handle” for you on my blog is “Bookie in Kansas”! PW–outgrew her about a year into it. I was embarrassed for her. It seemed like a bubble that was so going to pop!!! How do you keep an honest marriage when you let the world into the bedroom????? How do you teach your kids sincerity when they blatantly see you marketing them?????? I even felt bad for her cows!!!! Every moo immortalized!!! As for you, I’m watching and reading with interest. Keep it cool. Be who you are. Say it for the readers…

  • Jo:

    I guess what bothers me the most is that Ree must carry a camera everywhere she goes. I mean everywhere! I cannot imagine growing up with a camera stuck on my mother’s face taking pictures of our every moves and then documenting them online for the world to see. This is how I feel about many bloggers. Drop the camera and enjoy your family, for goodness sake! Geez!

    But even more than that, how her followers place her in such high regard that they’d wait hours to have her sign their cookbook, which I’ve looked at and cannot imagine making any of the recipes because they are so unhealthy!

    It’s a psychology course in and of itself to watch her blog and her followers.

    -From an Overland Park reader, who lives a few miles away from the mega-church you just attended and who set foot in it once and couldn’t wait to run out before the offering plates were set into motion. . . . .

  • I think the post about visiting PW is very clear. Thanks Rechelle!

  • Shonna:

    Jimmy: His name is Jesus

  • Daniel:

    @Shonna
    Are you seriously not getting the point that Jimmy is trying to make or are you just ignoring it?

  • kathy:

    I click on to Ree’s website out of habit. I just don’t read much of anything. She is show biz now and her blogs are very impersonal and always the same. I never did understand the Sylvia Plath reference. Having read Plath extensivly, I’d like her talent; but, not her screwed up head!

  • iI can’t believe that so many feel the same as I do about Ree. I am a public school teacher and I do a good job. Homeschooler’s should try a class of 25 – 6 year olds. Thanks for the encouragement to break my Pioneer habit! I also live on a cattle ranch. They have a way easier life( more money) than we will ever have. We don’t have a huge lodge for our guests, you just have to stay with the family. Where does the money come from?

  • jenny:

    rechelle, it doesn’t matter who you are talking about or what the subject matter is, your bitterness is making you an ugly person.

    i wish you all the best. i won’t be back.

  • Gwen:

    Good Riddance Jenny!

  • Let me guess….

    Jenny entered the latest Ree give away! Talk about an ugly person! Something for nothing get your kicks for free!

  • Holly G:

    I thought I was the only person in the Western hemisphere that isn’t under the “spell” of PW!

    Where does one start? Fake. Pretentious. Exploiting her children. Far too many stories about calf nuts. And I’ve seen better recipes in my local Junior League cookbook.

    When you have as much advertising as she does, you cease to exist as a blog. You become a business. That’s not necessarily a bad thin, but she needs to drop the “down-home rancher’s wife” act.

    And for the love of humanity…leave the camera at home. Just for once…

  • David:

    I visit PW frequently and I don’t walk away feeling bitter, or feel she harming anything. The disdain presented here bothers me more. You can hate on anything you want, but the obsession with PW is bothersome. It has basically become the core of your blog now.

    When did you start all this PW bashing? It is the reason people come here now..oh..and did your stats go up after you decided to devote your talent to trashing? Hmm?

    Take away your passion for trashin and who would visit?

    Write a book called ‘The Fake In Black Heels and Flat Tractor Wheels.’ Phony sees as phony does.

  • David – I think PW has a give away you might want to run over and join in on! Maybe you can win a purple kitchen aid mixer!

    Oh, don’t forget the calf nuts! Enjoy!

  • David:

    Nah..that’s over. Photo contest now!

  • Carmel:

    Oh for the Love- You should have left your jealousy behind. Your writing just reeks of bitterness and insecurities.

    @Pat M in Canada – It really is ahame you teach young people. She ‘gets all her money’ from the blog you idiot.

    Here’s a big fat clue for the haters…if you don’t like it- Don’t. Read. It.
    Unless of course…you ‘do’ like it.

  • at first i wanted to putz around this blog, and then i stumbled upon this post. i love the look of your blog with the welcoming header…wrap porch, trees. i half expected to see you up there with a pitcher of lemonade, some homemade cookies and a big smile welcoming us in.

    instead, i read words from someone who seems insecure and mean spirited. i am sure you are not the person you came off to be in this post, so i just wanted to write and let you know that you should rethink what you wrote.

    your words could be hurting people, and not just PW. sometimes we forget that these women are just like us. she is trying to raise her children, run a farm, and run a business-as it seems you are trying to do as well.

    i am not a friend of PW, nor do i frequent her blog. i am, however, a woman. we need to stick together. empower one another. i have been touched by the popularity of a blogger/mommy. she is my closest friend. she is my dearest friend. i have watched her life change dramatically because of her blog over the last few months.

    she is healing some of her own hurts by the love she has been shown from others, her new readers.

    i have watched her struggle at times with how to write on certain topic, not wanting to offend and hurt anyone while at the same time remain true to her ‘keep it real writing style’.

    i have listened to her cry real tears with some of her readers’s who have asked for help at a time she didn’t feel adequate enough to do so. still, she writes from the heart and continues to inspire just because she lives her life the way that she does and people relate to it.

    she writes because it is what she loves and because she is inspired daily by the blog friends who have come to count on her posts and vice versa.

    it is a blessing to be given such large platforms to share our hearts and i have to say that i am proud of women like PW who i doubt will ever contact you regarding this post even though she has probably heard about it.

    hearing your best friend sob over some careless remark made randomly by someone who feels the need to attack an innocent person for no reason…well, it’s tough. yes, the good far out weighs the negative!

    i don’t know why i felt the desire to write this as i don’t often put myself in these kinds of debates.

    i just wish we could all love one another. lift each other up and truly wish and desire the best for the women in our lives.

    have a good memorial day. i really do love the header!
    i hope it’s okay i posted here, but i figured you wouldn’t mind since you posted this long post publicly for everyone to see.

    h.

  • Eva:

    Ok, so today I googled ‘Ree and Ladd’ and found this discussion. I read PW daily and enjoy it – and – never heard of this ‘mysistersfarmhouse’ blog. So I kept reading through this odd bitterness, then I scrolled her front page, then saw loads of hotel/vacation/kids/family/happy pics from some trip and thought – hey, these are like PW’s but waaaay worse quality… And why did this woman visit PW’s ranch and ate her food and slept in one of her beds if she thought PW had been a ‘fart’ in her guts? Why does she do what she is not willing to do? Well… I love PW’s energy, great work with photos, her positive attitude and that’s pretty enough for me… just thinking… .

  • Ted Powell:
  • Eva:

    … so now I’ve put some real logical thinking into this debate stuff. The only thing that holds this PW vs. Rechelle thing together is Rechelle’s INCAPABILITY to keep up with PW.

    INCAPABILITY TO KEEP UP!

    I’m not sure if it’s sad… for anyone – things like this can be, in fact, motivating.

    And, AND (!) – it increases Rechelle’s traffic (and only she knows how much – Rechelle, tell us). See? I googled ‘Ree and Ladd’ and here I am talking about Rechelle.

    Rechelle, does this make you grin with contentment? In fact, you are not such a bad marketer after all, NOT AT ALL! You hooked us good!

    But still, I’m not going to read your blog, just this debate, since I’d rather spend my time with ‘surface-scratching positivity’ than with ‘mile-deep’ despair.

  • David:

    It’s comforting to know that you derive pleasure from being the boil on P-Dubs butt!

    • Rechelle:

      I prefer to think of myself as the boil on Ladd Drummond’s butt if you don’t mind David.

  • Mandi:

    wow – harsh. I met Ree the other day at the National Book Festival in DC – she was very genuine and down to Earth. Have you ever met her? If not, you should. Maybe some of her optimism will rub off on you.

  • Concerned Citizen:

    Rechelle: don’t listen to the nay sayers. You are right. They are wrong. I am not a blogger, don’t read bloggers, not a homeschooler — I have NOTHING to be “mad” at Ree or Ladd Drummond about — I live in the suburb of a large city, and have no desire at all to “live in the country”. Normally I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about all this.

    But once I read the book, I knew I was onto a real fraud. I felt the same a few years ago about fraudulent author, James Frey. I just knew he was not for real, and was scamming everyone. I said so online, and got my ASS handed to on a platter, because everyone from Oprah on was just loving him and praising him to the skies. Guess what happened???? My B.S. detector is NEVER wrong.

    The thing that will trip up the Drummond’s is good folks like you — and publicity. They won’t survive the spotlight. Originally, the PW blog withheld their names, location (except for rural OK) and so on. But you can’t do that with a PUBLISHED book….you can Photoshop your pix, but you can’t do that when you are interviewed ON TELEVISION. I think more of the sh*t will hit the fan in February when her novel comes out, and people who know both the Drummonds and the Smith’s (her family in Bartlesville) and start speaking out about how much of the “backstory” is fiction.

    If you read my review of her book on Amazon (I made lots of comments too on other people’s one star reviews!), you will see me say that she is a frustrated romance novelist — she fictionalized some aspects of her life and courtship — then couldn’t sell that book (I don’t think she even finished it until this year) and so she created a blog that was a FICTION, and used photos of her family as ILLUSTRATIONS of the CHARACTERS in the NOVEL.

    On top of that, she has ambitions to be a Martha Stewart type. Think about it: Martha is 70, she has no appeal to young women. The market is dying for a YOUNG homemaker diva. (The “country look” of the 80s is just about ready to be revived! all that gingham and calico!) Others have tried and failed: Paula Deen is sweet, but as old as Martha. B. Smith tried and didn’t catch on. Rachael Ray just never clicked, and she’s childless. Remember why Martha got so huge — she wasn’t just selling us recipes….she was selling us all HER vastly wealthy Connecticut millionaire lifestyle….and in the beginning, it was also her perfect marriage, her perfect entertaining, etc.

    Ree Drummond has her eye on that market. And if she has the internet at her feet….a MOVIE and a NOVEL out….she can call the shots, and do a live studio video or TV show RIGHT FROM THE RANCH — just think about it. Nobody, even a millionaire, puts that kidn of money into a GUEST HOUSE; it’s economically insane. But a video studio? For a lifestyles guru? It’s a business proposition.

    She took advantage of you. I’m sorry for that. I think she’s a world class user. I am sure there are people in OK who could tell a lot of tales about Ann-Marie Smith (maiden name). We will start hearing from them after February…..

  • Cindy:

    Oooh, jealous much?

    Yep.

  • Susanne P:

    Rechelle,

    I came across your blog after a Google search and am delighted to know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I live in Tulsa — just a county over from the PW’s ranch — and I am so tired of all the hype and overpromotion of the PW, her cookbook, her blog, her brand, etc. So much fuss has been made over the PW in the past year or so that it has become overdone. I picked up a copy of her cookbook @ the library to see what all of the hoopla was about and, to be quite honest, I wasn’t impressed. Yes, the photos were lovely, but that’s about it. The recipes were not particularly fabulous or interesting — I could find the same ones in just about any of the local church and Junior League cookbooks.

    I’m also tired of the folks who feel the need to label those who are not devoted fans of the PW. It seems whenever someone doesn’t like something or disagrees with it, those on the opposite side of the fence swoop in with the same ol’ tired, overused comments of “you’re just jealous,” “you’re a hater” or “you’re a pathetic and bitter person.” Actually, most of us who don’t buy into the hype of PW and other brands are just not impressed by them. It has nothing to do with hate, jealousy or bitterness.